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President's Message, June 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020  
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John Schneider, MD, FAPA
WPA President

Dear Colleagues,

Like you, I am deeply saddened by the recent tragic events involving systemic racism and police brutality.  The death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others have triggered protests and riots across the country and signify a need for immediate change.

The deaths, protests, riots and, at times, brutal response of law enforcement, have affected the health and well-being of the public exposed to these traumatic racial incidents.  This comes at a time when our country has already been struggling with substantial economic and health stressors amidst the pandemic, further increasing general fear and resentment.

The Wisconsin Psychiatric Association strongly opposes any form of racism, longstanding racial inequalities and police brutality.  It is imperative that we come together in solidarity and act to prevent such reprehensible incidents from recurring in future.

WPA reinforces our commitment to the support and emotional well-being of our community.  To this end, we encourage you to reach out to fellow members for connection and support. Our next virtual membership meet-up is scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 and you can sign up here.  The session will allow for small group discussion in breakouts, and we hope you’ll plan to participate.

Finally, I offer a reminder that even in troubling times, there are uplifting stories and bright spots to celebrate and share.  When circumstances force extreme responses, our community comes together to protect patients and colleagues.  Please share your stories of connection and cooperation with us, and we will share them widely.

~John